Thursday, May 2, 2013

Governor Pledges to Sign “Suffrage at 17” Bill
Gov. Pat Quinn on Wednesday told a Stevenson delegation that he would sign legislation allowing qualified 17-year-olds to vote in primaries. Quinn made his pledge to eight student members of the

SHS Political Action Club, who were in Springfield Wednesday with sponsors Andy Conneen and Dan Larsen to lobby for HB226 in the Senate. The students included Connor Brady, Neli Farahmandpour, Austin Heller, Luke Landry, Elan Modilevsky, Josh Nahrstadt, Daniel O’Shea and Eitan Troyansky. The group also sat down with House Speaker Michael Madigan to thank him for supporting the bill in the House.

Conneen, who crafted the legislation, and Farahmandpour both testified before the Senate’s Executive Committee about the merits of the bill, which would allow 17-year-olds to vote in primaries if they will be turning 18 before the general election. The Executive Committee approved the bill, with 12 voting “yes” and three voting “present.” Sen. Terry Link of Vernon Hills, a member of the Executive Committee, has replaced Senate President John Cullerton as the primary sponsor. The bill is scheduled to receive a second reading today.

SHS Community Bringing Clean Water to Indian Village
A small village in northeastern India is enjoying clean water today thanks to $5,000 in donations from Stevenson’s National Honor Society chapter and the Indian Student Association.

The money was used to rehabilitate an existing well in Bakra, which has a population of 120 and is located about 50 miles south of Nepal.

Donations were collected by the two school groups during the 2010-11 school year and turned over to Charity:Water, which seeks to bring clean and safe drinking water throughout the world. The non-profit organization spent two years obtaining permits, working with community leaders, and purchasing materials.

The ISA used money from some of its fundraisers, while the NHS used funds from fall and spring blood drives conducted through LifeSource.

Freshman Wins Chicago Symphony Orchestra Contest
Torin Bakke is the winner of the 2013 Crain-Maling Foundation Chicago Symphony Orchestra Youth Auditions, earning an opportunity to appear as a soloist in a CSO education concert during its 2013-14 season. The clarinetist, a freshman who also is home-schooled, was one of seven musicians around Illinois chosen to audition March 30 in Orchestra Hall. He won with his performance of the first movement of Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto in A Major, K. 622. Bakke is well acquainted with the CSO, having taken part in its Chicago Youth in Music Festival earlier this year. He performed with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago at its concert on February 4, and also was part of the Festival Orchestra. Bakke’s older brother, Ari, is a senior at Stevenson.

Official CSO announcement (PDF)

Taste the SHS Burger Challenge Today
The fourth SHS Burger Challenge takes place tonight from 5-9 p.m. at Tom and Eddie’s restaurant in Vernon Hills. The Introduction to Business classes have created four burger concepts, and the winning entry will remain on the restaurant’s menu for a month. A portion of the proceeds goes to the March of Dimes. Any Stevenson student, staff or faculty member that shows a school ID will receive a free drink.

PPA Welcomes Food Donations for Luncheon, Bake Sale
The Patriot Parent Association is having an appreciation luncheon for Stevenson staff on Wednesday, May 8. Anyone interested in donating food items for the luncheon can contact Julie Henhapl at On the same day, the PPA is having a bake sale to raise money that supports student programming. If you are able to donate either store-bought or home-baked goods for the bake sale, email Kelley Cole at UPDATE 5/2/13, 10:30 a.m.: The May 8 bake sale has been cancelled.

Alum Pops the Question … Eventually
Matt Kuhlman (Class of 2001) popped the question last weekend, but it took a little time to say the words. Buffalo Grove Patch has the scoop, and the video.


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Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Water Polo
Stevenson 17, Waubonsie Valley 2: The host Patriots (20-7) rolled on Senior Night. Alex Kanaris scored four goals and Melissa Gartenberg added three. Jenna Oliver, Laura Larsen and Allison Travetto each had two goals. Also scoring were Brittany Gartenberg and Jordan Hummel. Goalkeeper Becky Callen made 12 saves for the Pats, who have won three of their last four matches. – Daily Herald

Boys Tennis
Stevenson 7, Libertyville 0: The Patriots won each match in straight sets, led by Jeremy Bush at No. 1 singles (6-0, 6-1), and the No. 1 doubles tandem of Pawel Jaworski and Josh Lieberman (6-0, 6-1). Benjamin Bush was a 6-0, 6-0 winner at No. 2 singles, and Michael Sims earned a 7-5, 6-1 decision at No. 3. In doubles, Rudy Viswananthan and Andrew Komarov were 6-4, 6-3 winners at No. 2, Jerry Pan and Josh Cheng prevailed at No. 3, 6-4, 6-1, and Tyler Kim and Dennis Kelman recorded a 6-3, 6-0 victory at No. 4. – Lincolnshire Review

Stevenson 5, Lake Forest 4: Zach Novoselsky’s RBI single in the bottom of the seventh capped a three-run rally for the host Patriots (12-6). Mitchell Goll’s two-run single had tied the score before Novoselsky’s game-winner. Jake Klancnik earned the win in relief, pitching two and a third innings and allowing one run. – Daily Herald | linescore

Boys Volleyball
Stevenson d. Lake Forest, 25-12, 25-17: Jonah May was an all-around force, serving eight aces, dishing out 15 assists on 32-of-32 setting, blocking three shots and making two kills. Brett Lerner, Brad Tiller and Aaron Zalewski each had five kills for SHS (23-2, 7-0). Eric Change added four kills. Zalewski and Jeff Maskalunas each had two blocks. Lerner led with six digs, while Aaron Hauser and Kevin Xu had five. The Scouts dropped to 11-16, 5-3. – Lincolnshire Review | Daily Herald

Boys Lacrosse
Stevenson 14, Vernon Hills 0: The Patriots improved to 8-3 with the victory in the Stadium. SHS has won two straight games and four of its last five. –

Boys Water Polo
Stevenson 9, Waubonsie Valley 6: The Patriots prevailed on Senior Night, snapping a two-match losing streak and improving to 16-8-1 on the year. –

Wauconda 5, Stevenson 2: The visiting Bulldogs (15-6) held the Patriots (11-9) to five hits and struck out 10. The game was tied 2-2 after one inning, then Wauconda scored twice in the second and added its final run in the seventh. – Daily Herald

High Jumper Setina Raises the Bar
Jackie Setina changed her approach to high jump this season, and it paid off immediately with a school-record leap of 5 feet, 5 inches in the first meet of the year. The junior is hopeful she can improve on her 12th-place finish at the state meet last year.


If you are going to Prom, we will be in the Wood Commons on Friday during lunch periods taking table reservations. Bring your completed sheet and we will have laptops for you to enter table reservations.

Come see the student one-act plays Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in the West Auditorium. Tickets for “It’s All Relative” are only $5, and you can buy them today and Friday at the Patriot Superstore.

Do you like to sing? Would you like to earn GPA credit, study great music, and have the opportunity to sing at Disney World? Auditions for the 2013-14 Advanced Chorus and Patriot Singers classes are taking place this week. Audition sign-ups and information are posted outside the Choir Room door (2202). Students are welcome to audition even if they have not signed up for a choir class yet. Please see Mrs. Nuteson in the Music Department or find a current choir member if you have any questions!

All overdue library materials must be returned and fine paid by May 10. Materials will not be loaned until accounts are clear.

Stevenson T-shirts written in Hebrew are still available for only $5. See Mrs. Argentar if you would like to purchase one.

Sophomores: Want to take any of Rachel’s challenges? If so, sign the banner outside the West Auditorium or the PAC, and join the Peer Helpers in their random act of kindness campaign. Come to the student lounge during all lunch periods to add to a chain of kindness.

Peer Helpers reminds you that kindness is contagious! Come to the lounge to add to the chain of kindness. We challenge you to spread the kindness. “You never know how far a little kindness can go.”


Calling all artists! Club Israel invites you to get crafty after school today for an Israeli-inspired art program! Learn about one of Israel’s most famous artists and then participate in a hands-on program. Don’t forget to bring your signed permission form for the May 9 field trip to Mizrahi Grill. Contact Mrs. Argentar if you have any questions.


Attention students interested in veterinary medicine: The Anti-Cruelty Society, along with the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine office, has a program aimed at high school students that will run from September 2013 through April 2014. Students must apply for this program by June 30. Please contact Mrs. Willock at for more information and an application. Serious inquiries only, please.

Attention students interested in government, community service and business: The office of State Representative Carol Sente is seeking students for summer help in many different areas. Please contact Mrs. Willock at for information regarding this program.

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Southern Illinois University professor alleges sex discrimination
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College of DuPage partnership with universities pays off for students
AP classes gain popularity among DeKalb County students
Teachers at UNO charters vote to unionize
Harvard District 50 school board member resigns
Carmel principal prepares to retire from Mundelein school

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Within schools, novice teachers paired with struggling students
Colleges adapt online courses to ease burden on remedial students
Poll: Recent college graduates disillusioned, underemployed
Students may be reading plenty, but not for class
L.A. superintendent faces “performance evaluation” by teachers
Oregon school cedes state title after coach notices scoring error

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